Can you feel it yet? That desire to toss out the old? Make things fresh and clean? Do you sense a need to reset, renew and rejuvenate your space?
Spring pulls and tugs at us, as if trying to wake us from a long nap. When the darkness and heaviness of winter starts to recede, I suddenly feel an impulse to make things fresh. I want to get rid of things that have accumulated, clean the dust and fill the house with light.
Spring cleaning isn’t just a chore. It is a chance to clear clutter, to revitalize and renew both your spaces and your spirit. Spring cleaning (even just a little) creates an invitation for clarity, creativity and a lightness-of-being. It ushers in a feeling of health and vitality.
Here are just a few ideas for refreshing your home this spring:
Remove trash and send things to recycle (paper, magazines, cardboard, bottles, jars)
Clear obvious clutter. Put away piles of books, move (or file) piles of paper, clear your desk or nightstand.
Dust, wash or wipe hard surfaces – cabinets, tabletops, shelves, window sills. Use vinegar and water, or a natural soap (like Murphy’s Oil Soap). You can also add a few drops of essential oil to your cleaning water. The citrus oils of orange, lemon or grapefruit are very effective and uplifting. Or you might use rosemary, lavender, bergamot or sage. Choose one that pleases your senses. Mix two or three if you like.
Wash or air bedding.
Sweep or vacuum thoroughly. Get into the corners and under furniture.
Clean with the intention of clearing and releasing old, stagnant energy. This begins to break up and purify any lower level energies hanging around in your space.
Additionally, clean, wipe or dust your front door and clear your porch and sidewalks of any debris. This invites new opportunities.
Bring in some fresh flowers (hyacinth, crocus, paper-whites or lilies are great)
Open the windows for a while (wash them if you have time).
Add some color with a new tablecloth, pillow or piece of art.
You can accomplish a lot in just two or three hours. Set a timer, put on some music and GO!